Here in Florida, summer has officially arrived.  While the mornings are still cool, things are quickly heating up.  It’s a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors!  While you should definitely have some fun in the sun, you want to also do what you can to protect your skin – these tips will help! 

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Check the UV Index.  Most weather apps also display the UV index, so be sure to check it when you are out and about.  You would be surprised at how high it can get – even on cloudy days! 

Avoid direct sun.  This is the tip I live by.  From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM I do my best to stay indoors or in the shade.  For one thing, it’s the hottest part of the day.  Also, it’s when the sun has the most direct rays hitting you, making it easier to burn.  Around here, we have plenty of time to play outside even when we avoid those hours – it’s a great time of day to clean up, work around the house, and relax! 

Cover up.  I like to wear a loose long-sleeved shirt if I’m going to be out in the sun all day, and of course I have several wide-brimmed hats to choose from! 

Sunglasses.  They aren’t just for looks – sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.  I never go anywhere without mine! 

Stay in the Shade.  We always try to find spots that have some shade, or we bring a tent when we head to the beach.  You can still enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer, and you’ll stay cooler! 

Eat well.  I’ve noticed that eating healthy whole foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables helps keep my skin healthy from the inside out.  Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too! 

Sunscreen.  I use a lotion with SPF 15 in it daily.  For my face, I use SPF 30 since it gets more exposure.  This page can help you find a sunscreen that is safe for you and your family. 

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**These tips are my opinion and not medical advice**

One thought on “It’s Summer – Don’t get Burned!

  1. I lived in Florida when I was young. I did not have good sun screen back then, but now I now use plenty of sun screen to protect my skin from any further damage. I always wore sun glasses too.

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